About Us

Who We Are

The Black Health Alliance (BHA) is a non-profit, community-based corporation consisting of community organizations, health and social service professionals, and community members working in partnership to advance the health and well-being of the Black community.

Founded in 2000, the original BHA vision was to create a unified voice to address the serious inequities in health that many in the Black community were experiencing. To achieve that goal BHA would have to be an organization that could foster strong collaboration and partnerships between various community organizations and agencies and community members. But as in any organization, vision alone, without voice, action, and the community, can not lead to success.

In 2002 the nation was undertaking a review of Canada’s health care system. BHA’s submission to the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada was one of but a few which not only made recommendations on creating an equitable, feasible and sustainable health care system, but also addressed racial disparities in health care and provided workable solutions.

In 2004 the Ontario Government was moving forward with its health care reform. Again the leadership of BHA seized the opportunity and submitted a proposal for a Family Health Team which would provide culturally competent programs and services and develop specialization in serving Black and marginalized communities.

These two initiatives required significant communication, collaboration, and information sharing between numerous community groups, agencies and community stakeholders. Our efforts were rewarded when BHA was approved funding in 2006 from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to establish a Community Health Centre (CHC) for Malvern – TAIBU (Kiswahili for “be in good health”) CHC.

The Black Health Alliance recognizes that Black people are over-represented among people with illness and disease such as hypertension, diabetes and HIV/AIDS. We also acknowledge that racism and other forms of oppression affect our health. In direct response to these issues, we have defined our reason for being through our Mission Statement:

Our Mission

Our Community
The Black community is comprised of people of Black African descent and is a collection of ethnically, culturally, linguistically, and religiously diverse communities. Its members are primarily born in Africa, the Caribbean or Canada and include people whose roots are many generations in Canada, established immigrants and recent newcomers.
Our Health
There are several factors beyond genetics that affect’s someone’s health and well-being. These factors are known as the social determinants of health and include: education/literacy, housing/safe shelter, employment/socio-economic status, poverty, healthy environments, environmental issues, racism and violence.
Our Mission
The Black Health Alliance recognizes that Black people are over-represented among people with illness and disease such as hypertension, diabetes and HIV/AIDS. We also acknowledge that racism and other forms of oppression affect our health. In direct response to these issues, we have defined our reason for being through our Mission Statement.
- to reduce the racial disparities in health outcomes and promote health and wellbeing for people from the diverse Black communities in Canada with emphasis on the broad determinants of health, including racism.
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Directors

Board of Directors

The Black Health Alliance (BHA) is a non-profit, community-based corporation consisting of community organizations, health and social service professionals, and community members working in partnership to advance the health and well-being of the Black community.

Founded in 2000, the original BHA vision was to create a unified voice to address the serious inequities in health that many in the Black community were experiencing. To achieve that goal BHA would have to be an organization that could foster strong collaboration and partnerships between various community organizations and agencies and community members. But as in any organization, vision alone, without voice, action, and the community, can not lead to success.

In 2002 the nation was undertaking a review of Canada’s health care system. BHA’s submission to the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada was one of but a few which not only made recommendations on creating an equitable, feasible and sustainable health care system, but also addressed racial disparities in health care and provided workable solutions.

In 2004 the Ontario Government was moving forward with its health care reform. Again the leadership of BHA seized the opportunity and submitted a proposal for a Family Health Team which would provide culturally competent programs and services and develop specialization in serving Black and marginalized communities.

These two initiatives required significant communication, collaboration, and information sharing between numerous community groups, agencies and community stakeholders. Our efforts were rewarded when BHA was approved funding in 2006 from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to establish a Community Health Centre (CHC) for Malvern – TAIBU (Kiswahili for “be in good health”) CHC.

The Black Health Alliance recognizes that Black people are over-represented among people with illness and disease such as hypertension, diabetes and HIV/AIDS. We also acknowledge that racism and other forms of oppression affect our health. In direct response to these issues, we have defined our reason for being through our Mission Statement:

Governance

Directors
The Board is responsible for governance, setting policies and standards, financial oversight, accountability, strategic planning, community relations, and upholding the mission, vision and value statements of the corporation.

Members
Our board is comprised of various community members selected during the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Prior to the AGM, each candidate expresses his or her interest in becoming a member of the Board of Directors in writing. Once their interest is expressed, each candidate must submit a biography and complete an interview. At the AGM each candidate is introduced and the current board members vote through a show of hands. Membership is voluntary.

Meetings
The Board meets monthly and a board member must sit on one or more of the following committees: Community Outreach, Public Policy and Best Practices, Research and Education, Communications and Fundraising.

Reports
The board of diretcors are appointed to serve for a two year term. The operation is governed by the constitutition and directed by the president.